At the edge of the Bodoland Territorial Area in Assam, where the Brahmaputra valley plains meet the hills of Bhutan, there are two tea farms owned by a farmer named Tenzing Bodosa. Earlier this year, these became the first in the world to receive a new certification launched by the University of Montana’s Broader Impacts Group in the U.S., in partnership with Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN), which describes itself as “a global community dedicated to the development of products and tourism that contribute to the conservation of threatened wildlife.” The tea from Bodosa’s farms was certified as ‘Elephant Friendly Tea’. It is till date the only tea to have received this certification.
The journey to the global stage was a long one for Bodosa and his tea. The village of South Kahibari in Udalguri district, where Bodosa lives, is a place that did not have electricity until three years ago. …
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